"Kimiya’s mature approach to the day impressed us all", said McCullough
All Formula One teams except for Mercedes tested a new range of Pirelli tyres at the Silverstone circuit during the three-day Young Drivers Test.
Felipe Massa was the race driver in action on Friday at the English track, testing the new Pirelli compounds, along with development driver Davide Rigon.
Carlos Sainz Jr: "It’s a big boost for my self-confidence, but I’m 18-years-old, still very young and still learning. There’s a long way to go."
Sahara Force India completed a final day of testing at Silverstone as Adrian Sutil and James Calado completed a combined total of 105 laps.
Gary Paffett: "So it’s great to get back in the car – it’s invaluable for us to make sure we are going in the right direction.”
Even though it was the Young Drivers 3-day test, it did include the Formula One drivers as they were testing the newest of the Pirelli tyres.
Red Bull hopeful for the 2014 seat being vacated by Mark Webber, Daniel Ricciardo topped the timesheets for Toro Rosso at the end of the second day of the F1 Young Driver Test at Silverstone.
Kevin Magnussen topped the timesheets for McLaren at the end of the first day of the F1 Young Driver Test at Silverstone. Several of the Formula One current and reserve drivers were on hand along with testing Pirelli tyres.
Most laps of Barcelona: Rosberg (Mercedes): 251 laps; Alonso (Ferrari): 222 laps; Hamilton (Mercedes): 230 laps
Max Chilton: "I'm happy and feeling prepared and confident for Melbourne now.
Twelve days trying understand the new tires wasn't enough for Toro Rosso.
The race simulation didn’t go hundred percent according to plan.
Pastor Maldonado: "The FW35 is completely different to drive compared to the FW34, mainly because of the new Coanda exhaust."
Kimi Räikkönen: "I was sick yesterday and the car was sick this morning."
Sebastian Vettel: "We’re in good enough shape I think."
The next on-track action is scheduled for Friday 15 March at Melbourne’s Albert Park.
"Our reliability has been good and we’ve made steady progress through the job list," said Chief Race Engineer Jakob Andreasen.
Nico Rosberg: "I have the general feeling that we are in a better position than in the second half of last year but this is testing not racing, of course."
The winter preseason test days have now been completed with Nico Rosberg topping the speed chart on the final day. Yesterday his Mercedes works teammate, Lewis Hamilton was the fastest, and today the German set the top time.
Dutch driver Giedo van der Garde had a physically and mentally good test, after 126 laps at Circuit de Catalunya.
Jean-Eric Vergne: 'We are definitely looking better than last year, but where we are compared to the others is still difficult to say.'
The Williams F1 Team will be back on track tomorrow with Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas with some further upgrades ahead of Australia.
A suspected water leak in the C32-2 stopped the race simulation with Esteban Gutierrez.
Kimi Raikkonen illness provided a good chance for third drive Davide Valsecchi to gain a valuable experience.
Mexican driver Sergio Perez drove his McLaren under favorable weather conditions, allowing him to get a feel for racing with the team.
Jules will be back in the car tomorrow morning before handing back to Max Chilton to complete the afternoon session.